mennamorato Senior Member Joined: 1 Nov 2013 Posts: 35 Location: Santa Cruz, CA Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: Rocket Cellini Premium Plus... Grinder: Mazzer Mini
Posted Mon Dec 16, 2013, 10:07pm Subject: Quick review of my Mazzer Mini.
As some of you may know, I recently purchased a slightly used Mazzer Mini. I will share my thoughts here, and when I can update this review.
Build Quality : As many of you know, Mazzer grinders are constructed like a german bank vault. Mine is no exception in this aspect, so you won't be surprised to hear I expect over 10 years of life in this machine. Build quality is top notch, a 10/10.
Doser : Mazzer dosers tend to be both loved and hated by their owners. I guess you could say I'm a part of that group, because I love em' but I hate their quirks. The doser on my Mazzer Mini looks great and also feels good too. My biggest complaint is all the grounds left behind to be cleaned later. All in all, a 8.5/10.
Maintenance : The most dreaded part of owning a grinder or anything for that matter, is the maintenance. The Mini makes this pain a breeze, and is rather enjoyable, at least to me. Removing and cleaning the burrs is a piece of cake, the hardest part being the doser. The Mazzer is one of very few things that gets me excited for cleaning. A solid 9/10.
Appearance and size : I'm going to make this quick as it is the most opinionated part of my review. It looks good on almost any countertop, but the powder coated finish just doesn't fit well with me. Appearance a respectable 8/10.
Size is a whole different thing. I LOVE the size of this machine, not to big, not overly small. The mazzer mini is a perfect size at 16.5/11/7. A 10/10 easy. H/D/W
Grind performance : Haven't gotten to test this out sadly, but looks good to my eyes. - I will update this section with a grind quality review as soon as possible.
Speed : Reasonably fast, around 1 gram per second. It deserves a 9/10.
Finally, the last subject before editing. Usability : How much easier can it get? Plug it in, turn the timer on and your ready to go. 10/10 no doubt about it.
Please feel free to comment and suggest improvements to my review. This is my first real review, please don't hate.
Posted Tue Dec 17, 2013, 11:37am Subject: Re: Quick review of my Mazzer Mini.
My take away here - what is most important is that you are happy with the results, and from what I read in your "review" you are! Plus, you got it in the budget of what you are looking to spend. End of story!
I wish I could make a decision as quickly as you, be happy with it and not second guess myself, having to have multiple pieces of gear in the end LOL!!... Some can relate.
Cheers, I envy your decisiveness!
PS - for others reading this, my comments above are referring to this thread coupled with the "Subject: Mazzer mini vs Vario vs Macap M4 vs Compak K3" thread where the OP chose this grinder after inputs / feedback.... he actually got inputs, made a decision, and purchased the grinder DURING the life of the thread / post!! How often does that happen? :-)
Posted Sat Dec 21, 2013, 3:14pm Subject: Re: Quick review of my Mazzer Mini.
I'm glad you are enjoying your grinder. I used a mini for about 5 years as my main grinder for both espresso and drip and it served admirably in that regard. While some folks don't like the waste when switching from espresso to drip and back again, I never found it to be that big a deal since I home roast and my cash cost for beans isn't that high. Everything is relative in items like this isn't it? For example, if you have a blade grinder, a mini is an enormous improvement for espresso, probably the biggest single improvement a person would ever make in espresso quality. But for me the glamour eventually wore off and 'upgraditis' took hold of me and I started looking around for an upgrade. I picked up a free 64mm flat burr grinder from a restaurant and it's grind quality (fluffiness, lack of clumping and particle size) did trump my mini. However, the free grinder wasn't stepless and was very difficult to dial in when changing beans. In the end I picked up a Pharos to be my dedicated espresso grinder and the trusty mini does drip duties and I'm left wondering what to do with my Rossi CC45.
One thing that isn't really relative is build quality. When you get a Mazzer grinder you get an almost bullet proof piece of equipment that will last as long as you want it to and beyond. Some hints for your mini: when grinding for espresso be prepared to do some WDT. The signs that this will help are things like spritzing and other channeling events - if you see these things, try WDT to get back on track. Don't forget to run the grinder when changing grind settings, especially when going to a finer grind. In a few years when it comes time to change the burrs, don't cheap out - make sure you get the highest quality burrs you can get. Some of the knock offs are a softer steel that wears quickly and doesn't have the same grind quality.
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